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Change of Mind: Meet the Computing Team

Your computing admissions team, Hannah
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Your Computing Admissions Team

Name: Hannah Costello

Contact Number: 01-416 3358

Faculty: General Admissions

 

Q. What courses are offered in your faculty?

The Computing Faculty here at Griffith offers two computing courses; the Level 7 BSc in Computing Science and a Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Computing Science. The Level 7 is an embedded exit award of the Level 8 course which means that students can graduate after 3 years with a Level 7 Award Certificate. Similarly, students can graduate after 2 years with a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Computing.

 

Q. How many points do I need in the Leaving Cert to gain access?

Last year the points were as follows:

  • Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Computing Science (GC430):  219
  • Level 7 BSc in Computing Science (GC435):                144    

However, we assess applicants for entry based on their grades.

For our Level 8 course, you must have a minimum of 2 H5’s and 4 O6/H7’s (or above) with a minimum H7, O6 or F2 in Maths. You would need to ensure you pass a language also, which can be English, Irish or a third language.

For our Level 7 courses, you must have a minimum of 5 O6/H7’s. The Math and Language requirement is the same as it is for the Level 8 course.

 

What are the facilities like?

Our campus has lots of great facilities and services to ensure that students have a smooth sailing experience at Griffith, some of these include our canteen/café Arthurs if you want a little snack before your class, a vast library with endless books to loan, a gym if you want to get your fitness on and the Student’s Union if you want to join some great societies! We’re located in South Circular Road in the wonderful Dublin 8, where there are plenty of independent cafes and restaurants just a 5-minute walk away. If it couldn’t get better than that, we’re only a 10-minute walk away from Camden Street and Harcourt street if you fancy a break from your studies!

Our Computing students at Griffith College have access to state-of-the-art labs with modern PC’s and MAC’s, as well as a large number of books and journals to loan in the Library. The Faculty here regularly engage with the industry to try to understand the skills that are sought after in the industry. As a result, they have designed courses which meet the skills requirements of employers.  

Students on our Level 8 course complete a 6-month work placement in the computing industry in Year 3. This placement is invaluable, and give students real-life experience which ultimately helps them to develop transferrable skills and increase their attractiveness to potential employers.

Java is the primary programming language that we teach in our courses. Students also learn HTML, CSS and PHP. Structured Query Language (SQL) is covered in our Databases modules. As this is an academic course, the programming skills are taught in such a manner that the learners should be able to move to any other programming language.

 

Q. Is there level 6, 7 or 8 entry?

We have one Level 7 and one Level 8 course that students can apply for. These courses provide learners with the option to exit after 2 or 3 years with an award certificate.

So, we do not have Level 6 computing course on the CAO. However, students can join our Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Computing Science and exit after 2 years with Level 6 Higher Certificate in Computing.

Similarly, students can exit the Level 7 BSc in Computing Science with the Level 6 Certificate.

 

Q. Can students’ progress from level 7 to level 8 on these courses?

Yes, upon successful completion of the Level 7 course, students can choose to progress onto the final year of the Level 8 course.

 

Q. Can I study any of these courses part-time?

The BSc (Hons) in Computing is delivered full-time and part-time. Part-time students can apply directly on our website.

 

Q. What is the cost of these courses?

The total Year 1 fees for the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Computing Science is:

Full-time

Year 1: €5457*

Part-time

Year 1: €4641*

The total Year 1 fees for the Level 7 BSc in Computing Science are €5,666.10*

The following years of study would be of a similar price.

*Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. However, you can use these fees as a ballpark.

We have a direct debit scheme available which means you can pay your fees in instalments throughout the academic year. Also, students can claim tax relief at a rate of up to 20%.  

 

Q. Is Griffith College a University?

Griffith College is not a university, we are a private third level institution. The most important thing to note is that these computing courses are validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and they are on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The NFQ is a ten-level system giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland. This means that this degree is quality assured and recognised both in Ireland and internationally.

 

Q. Do you accept the SUSI grant?

Unfortunately, we do not accept SUSI grant as this is only available to students enrolled state-funded universities. This is something which we are hoping will change in the future, and which we will continue campaigning for.  Students do have the option paying their tuition fees in instalments, so make sure to contact me to find out more!

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